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Straws, women on boards, plus animals born each day

Measuring plastic pollution, female FTSE directors and counting animal offspring. Tim Harford investigates the numbers in the news.

Does the UK throw away 8.5 billion straws a year? (0’33’’)

Women on FTSE 100 boards (4’35”) We explore whether the proportion of female directors has changed over time, and what it tells us about women in business.

Using personal data for the public good (11’28”) Hetan Shah, the Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society, talks about storing people’s data.

How many animals are born every day? (15’39”)

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24 minutes